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PS3 USB ports won't work

What would stop the USB ports from working? They won't charge my controllers, but they will read a USB memory stick...

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  • BrewskyAZ Feb 11, 2008

    Yes I have used another cable, with no luck. However, the cable I used is good because I can connect the controller (PS3 SixAxxis) to my laptop and charge it that way. But the reason for my question is I have bought a new wireless controller that connects via the USB port, and when I plug in the USB adaptor for it, I get a green light but it goes out almost immediately.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2008

    I can't get my usb ports to work on PS3 I want to back up my saved games but it says the usb port is locked

  • joseph1970 Jun 09, 2008

    cant play guitar hero 3 because it requires usb port connection. usb ports dont work

  • mte7 Jul 03, 2008

    im havin the same problem. it seems like there is no power goin 2 the ports. i cant play gh3 or charge my controllers. i called sony but the just want me to send it in and get it fixed for $150.

  • Anonymous Oct 19, 2008

    cant play rockband with 3 or 4 players only 2 work. Someone help!

  • sskkhun Mar 08, 2009

    i plug in my usb but i can watch movies off of it
    it doesnt even light up help me plez

  • Steven May 11, 2010

    Have you tried another USB cable to recharge your controllers?

  • austin akwa
    austin akwa Oct 16, 2013

    it says that my usb port charging failed i cant go up left or right i can only go down



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All I could say is have a person who is really smart with technology take your Ps3 aapart and check the diodes on your fuse board (green plate that has a buncha little things on it). check to see if your diodes could be burnt or possobly loose. unless you can take it apart but have troubles putting it back together i wouldent try it. have a really smart person fix it. not a scientist or some guy from a company...justi make sure they no wat they are doing. I messed up my USBs by having a short in my keyboard. it tells me to plug in my controler but It wont read my controlers. theres a 92% chance its somthing wrong with my USB ports. I hope this helps you out.

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Your USB ports on your computer are plug and play. If you have issues with your USB port, it is port related, driver related or device related. The following solutions will help you identify the problem to resolve your USB port issues.
To Identify a Working USB Port
Begin troubleshooting your USB ports by checking Device Manager to see if your USB ports or hubs are working properly.

  1. Click the Start button. ClickControl Panel.
  2. ClickSystem and Maintenance.
  3. ClickDevice Manager.
  4. Double-clickUniversal Serial Bus controllersand check to see if all your USB ports, hubs and controllers are functioning correctly. Any devices not functioning will have a yellow exclamation mark in front of them.
  5. If Device Manager shows any USB ports, hubs or controllers are not functioning, check for updated drivers.

To Update the USB Port Driver

An out-of-date BIOS driver can create issues with your system recognizing the USB port.
  • Watch a Video on Steps to Update Bios on Your Computer.
    1. When the update process is complete, your computer will restart again to load the operating system with the new driver version installed.

Posted on Jan 05, 2015


Yes I have, a known good one. I can connect to my laptop and the controller charges.

I bought a new controller that connects wirelessly via the USB port. When I plug in the USB adaptor, I get a green light briefly and then it goes out.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008

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I have the same issue and you can do 2 things. go to or buy new usb ports and install them yourself. sony is way too much money for an easy fix.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008

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